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School Vouchers Get A New Report Card

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 03:00

New research provides the first hard look at the nation's largest, single statewide voucher program and its impact on students.

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Party Boat Filled With Tourists Capsizes Near Medellin, Colombia

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:47

Colombia's president says at least six people died after the boat began sinking. An even deadlier incident was avoided, as recreational boats rushed to the scene to pull people out of the water.

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Overwhelmed By Air Bag Troubles, Takata Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 23:24

Long crippled by lawsuits and recall costs over its faulty air bags, Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. on Sunday.

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Overwhelmed By Air Bag Troubles, Takata Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 23:24

Long crippled by lawsuits and recall costs over its faulty air bags, Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. on Sunday.

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What Does It Take To Move A 10-Story Tree A Couple Of City Blocks?

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 15:50

That answer, as seen Sunday in Boise, Idaho: $300,000 and a lot of determination. St. Luke's Health System, which moved the historic sequoia, says it "was never even an option" to cut it down.

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PHOTOS: Here's How Muslims Worldwide Are Celebrating Ramadan's End

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:29

For many Muslims around the world, Sunday marks the start of Eid al-Fitr, a time of prayer and celebration. Here's a peek at the festivities, which are often as different as the places they're held.

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For Besieged Marawi Residents, A Brief Respite Ends In Gunfire

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:16

Partly to mark the end of Ramadan, the Philippine military declared a unilateral truce with ISIS-linked militants in the southern city. But not long after the peace expired, the violence resumed.

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Colorado Teachers Get Gun Training As 'First Responders'

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 08:06

Should teachers have the right to carry guns in the classroom to protect themselves and their students? While groups on both sides of the issue fight that out, some teachers in Colorado are training.

Inside French Prisons, A Struggle To Combat Radicalization

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:07

Some of the home-grown terrorists who have struck France in recent years were petty criminals who were radicalized in prison.

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People Of Coal-Rich Northern Cheyenne Torn Between Jobs and Sacred Culture

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:00

Despite high unemployment and poverty, the tribe has never touched the billions of tons of coal underneath its land. But new opportunities from the Trump administration could change that.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner's Message To America: 'All Children Are Our Children'

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:00

Kaiilash Satyarthi came to Washington to encourage the U.S. government to fight for the freedom of child laborers.

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What Would Human Resources Do?: Some Advice For Trump As He Recruits And Staffs Up

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 05:11

Between President Trump being a newcomer to D.C. and a swirl of chaos, the White House is lagging behind other administrations in hiring. But experts NPR spoke to have some tips.

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At Least 123 People Killed After Oil Truck Catches Fire In Pakistan

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 04:05

Hundreds of people had gathered around to try to collect oil after an oil tanker truck overturned and began leaking. Someone lighting a cigarette may have sparked the fire.

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Trump Asks 'Why No Action?' Amid Questions About Obama's Response To Russian Meddling

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:36

The president tweeted Saturday evening questioning his predecessor's response after a bombshell Washington Post report about the previous administration's decision-making about how to counter Russia.

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Unitarian Universalists Denounce White Supremacy, Make Leadership Changes

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:03

The Unitarian Universalists are among the most liberal of all religious denominations in America. Activists have denounced what they see as white supremacy in the church and are changing leadership.

Barbershop: Reflections On A Particularly Difficult Ramadan

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:03

In anticipation for Eid, U.S. Representative André Carson, D-Ind., Buzzfeed News reporter Hannah Allam and CAIR Executive Director for the Cleveland chapter Julia Shearson look back at this Ramadan.

What Medicaid Cuts Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:03

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Lynn Cooper, director of the Drug and Alcohol Division at Pennsylvania's Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, about the Senate GOP healthcare bill.

Federal Medicaid Funding Cuts Under Senate Health Care Bill Puts Pressure On States

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:03

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent at Kaiser Health News, about the Senate GOP health bill and what it could mean for programs funded by Medicaid.

'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:03

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:42

World health authorities say the war-torn nation now has upwards of 200,000 suspected cases, and that number's "increasing at an average of 5,000 a day." A quarter of those who have died are children.

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